Elsie Kaye Glassworks is the studio of flamework artist and metalsmith Holly Kenny. Since 2008, she has been creating artisan glass jewelry, giftware and kitchenware in her New England studio using a torch with a propane/oxygen setup and a variety of soft glasses and metals. The name Elsie Kaye comes from her daughter, whose initials are "LCK", and who provides an endless source of inspiration and laughter along the journey. Holly finds glass to be such a fluid, captivating medium and is always intrigued to discover what shapes and forms the glass will take as it changes from one physical state to another. Her favorite part of her work is when the glass begins to ‘speak’, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. She loves to translate this imagination and possibility into a unique piece of wearable or functional art for her clients. Her work can be found at more than thirty-five shops and galleries across the country. She welcomes custom orders.
Our flameworking studio was completed in the summer of 2017 and is currently outfitted with 6 lampworking stations, featuring 5 Nortel Minor Bench Burners and 1 Major Bench Burner. Two 6-foot steel fireproof-top workbenches provide ample room to work. Our climate-controlled studio features heat, air conditioning and a comprehensive ventilation system.
Each station comes complete with a full complement of flameworking tools including steel bead mandrels, graphite marvers, rod rests, molds, rollers and all the tools necessary for beadmaking.
We work primarily in effetre soft glass (COE 104) but do some work in borosilicate glass. A large selection of glass rods and related tools are available for sale to students.
We have 2 Jen-Ken Chilipepper bead annealing kilns and one SC-2 Paragon glass annealing kiln.
Our metalworking station comes equipped with a metal soldering area, a bench pin, bench grinder and a polishing, tumbling and pickling area. We have a comprehensive selection of tools, stamps, files, punches, dies, dapping blocks, mandrels, saws, and of course, a wide variety of hammers! Six hand-held butane torches are available for soldering and smaller jewelry work, as well as a Smith Little Torch for precision metalwork.
Jewelry Making Station
Our jewelry making station contains a comprehensive selection of tools and supplies to assist with all your jewelry-making needs. A wide variety of sterling silver and mixed metal findings and components are available to purchase. We also have an ample selection of semi-precious gemstones, Swarovski crystals, seed beads, glass beads and beading wire for sale.